The Eye of the Fish

Leviathan
April 23, 2020

Architecture NZ subscriptions please!

Further to the last Eye of the Fish post about the demise of Urbis et al, there has been movement about securing a more stable future for NZ’s flagship magazine for Architecture. That would be Architecture NZ, in case you are not aware, which is also the official Journal of the NZIA (at least, I think it still is). Definitely the flagship in printed magazine form. Second only in architectural gossip next to the Eye of the Fish of course…

The Editor and Publishers of Arch NZ have decided, after the last 20-odd years of providing magazines free of charge to those in the industry, that the collapse of advertising budgets means that people will need to take out subscriptions again, if we want the magazine to survive. My answer: sure thing! I’m always happy to pay for quality writing – hence my extensive library and my formerly large collection of magazines. I really like Architecture NZ and I am more than happy to pay for a subscription to it. Similarly, I would be happy to pay for a quality newspaper too, but that boat appears to have already sailed – it’s too late for the local rags as the click-bait virus has already set in and the patients are on the verge of needing intubating before they slip firmly into a coma…

Am I alone in being happy to pay for a subscription to a quality magazine? Nope. Not at all. In fact, numerous architects around NZ have come out in strong support of this action – and they are asking for you all to take part. Other magazines like Home, Houses, Urbis, Interiors, etc – they have all gone, in the blink of an eye, wiped out as if they were never even there.

So: a simple request to all our Fish readers: please take out a subscription asap to ArchNZ. Go here: subscription – and fill out your details and subscribe. Please do so, NOW.

Here are a few of the many architects loudly supporting this initiative. Some of my colleagues and very favourite people amongst them. All info gratefully taken from the ArchitectureNow website – many thanks.

starkive
23 - 04 - 20

Gosh, Guy Marriage. It goes to show what a few weeks in lockdown can do for you.

Leviathan
23 - 04 - 20

Yeah his photo looks very suspect. Mind you, I suspect that we all look a bit weary and unkempt after 4 weeks of this. Who knows what we will look like after 6 months of level 3 ! I’m already cutting my hair with scissors!

Leviathan
24 - 04 - 20

Now updated as a gif. Is that too distracting? Hmmmm? Yes, probably. Better go and take out a subscription then !

m-d
20 - 05 - 20

I paid up and haven’t heard or received anything from them yet… what kind of a scam are you running here!?

m-d
20 - 05 - 20

PS – that last message was written in jocular fashion (I reread it as I posted it and thought it looked a bit severe).
I do hope I didn’t just make a voluntary donation to creditors though!

Leviathan
21 - 05 - 20

m-d : no offence taken – and I think the next copy will be on its way shortly. It is the end of the world as we know it, but I feel fine (about the Arch NZ) – it’s a survivor !

m-d
22 - 05 - 20

I just got it, that’s timely! Now to see if there is anything interesting in there. The Moller article, ruminating on drawing, looks interesting!

m-d
23 - 05 - 20

A very good article by Andrew Barrie, a glowing review of Guy Marriage’s new book and some evidence that some architectural humanity might actually be helping to push local aged care facility empires toward catching up with latest trends!
I’d say that’s a fairly good read.